The PCCS also monitored specific ecological niches such as the eelgrass habitat and harbors. Eelgrass beds act as a refuge for juvenile fish and shellfish, many of which are commercially important species in the region. Diversity and abundance of marine life is greater in areas that support healthy eelgrass, yet eelgrass beds are quite sensitive to disturbance and pollution. They are also easy to monitor by aerial photography and, therefore, are an ideal habitat to monitor the overall health of the Bay ecosystem. Eelgrass study sites included Plymouth (2 sites), Eastham Flats, Jeremy Point (outside Wellfleet Harbor), and Provincetown.
The PCCS also monitored harbors around the Bay for marine invasive species. In 2007, the PCCS joined the ongoing Massachusetts statewide CZM marine invasive species monitoring program and reported findings from monitored sites in Sesuit Harbor, Rock Harbor, Wellfleet Marina, Pamet Harbor, and Provincetown.
State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference
Around the same time, Wellfleet hosted a conference on the state of Wellfleet Harbor, which was held on November 3rd, 2012. Some of the topics included are a summary of 10 years of terrapin (turtle) studies, shoreline change in Wellfleet Harbor, shellfish habitat assessment, horseshoe crab management, and understanding the mass strandings of dolphins. The 10th Annual Conference, November, 3, 2012.
Association to Preserve Cape Cod: Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project